There's nothing unlikable about the Plimpton we meet here, and his self-deprecation about his experiences feels endearing. It just leaves us wondering whether he also had some ambivalence of his own.
| Original Score: 3/5
A hell of a lot of fun. George Plimpton would heartily approve.
| Original Score: A
Many of you will not have heard of him. (All the more reason to watch Tom Bean and Luke Poling's affectionate, at times intoxicating documentary.)
Well-researched and detailed documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur.
| Original Score: 4/5
The film strongly evokes a certain segment of the American cultural scene from the 1950s through the '70s, though Plimpton continued working until his death in 2003.
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a remarkable doc about a life well lived.
He was many things, the documentary reveals, but self-serious was not among the late writer's lengthy list of descriptors.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Failure was at the heart of Plimpton's appeal - and of the documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself."
A delightful ride through a singular literary career.
A fond look back at a groundbreaking media celebrity and man of letters.
The movie by the writing/directing pair is almost as captivating as their subject.
The film portrays Plimpton as someone devoted to illuminating how talent and creativity work - both for himself, and for the rest of us.
| Original Score: 7/10
Much like its subject, Tom Bean and Luke Poling's appreciative biography of the late George Plimpton manages to be simultaneously urbane and enthusiastic.
It is Plimpton's humility that is most endearing. His willingness to fail, and to give readers a taste of exotic occupations, merits memorializing.
| Original Score: 5/5
A layered look at a man who was a jack of all trades, but a master of one: being George.
Crammed with lit-world walk-ons and delicious anecdotes ...